Yesterday marked 100 days since Congress has failed to extend long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, January 10, for a CHIP Day of Action and tell Congress to fund CHIP long-term immediately.
Congressional inaction has created a dire situation for children, families and state legislatures.
Congress passed short-term funding for the program in December, but it falls far short from providing the stability that families and states need. Inadequate, patchwork funding is not the answer.
States have started to notify families that they may not have a source of coverage should Congress fail to enact a long-term extension of CHIP funding, and several states have started to use funds meant to operate the program to start shutting it down.
Congress must pass a spending bill to avert a federal government shutdown by January 19. As part of that vote, we are urging lawmakers to take immediate action and extend CHIP funding for five years.
How to Join Tomorrow’s Day of Action:
As a reminder, the AAP’s CHIP Advocacy Toolkit includes all of this information and more, such as CHIP state fact sheets, information on state of play and social media graphics. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to speaking up for children and families who rely on CHIP!
Please read the following health alerts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and share with your colleagues
Screening patients in hurricane-affected areas
There have been media reports and accounts of various infectious diseases in hurricane-affected areas, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Because of compromised drinking water and decreased access to safe water, food and shelter, the conditions for outbreaks of infectious disease exist. Clinicians assessing patients currently in or who have recently returned from hurricane-affected areas are being asked to be vigilant in looking for certain infectious diseases, including leptospirosis, dengue, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, vibriosis, and influenza. Learn more and get recommendations.
Hepatitis A outbreaks in California
A large hepatitis A outbreak is ongoing in California with a majority of reported cases among those who are homeless, who use injection and non-injection drugs. The outbreak is being spread person-to-person and through contact with a fecally contaminated environment. The CDC notes that person-to-person transmission through close contact is the primary way people get hepatitis A in the United States. San Diego, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles counties have declared local outbreak status. Outbreak associated cases have been confirmed in other California jurisdictions. Get details and resources.
Serogroup B Meningococcal disease outbreak at Oregon State University
Five OSU students have been diagnosed with serogroup B meningococcal disease during this academic year; the most recent case diagnosed Nov. 24. Meningococcal disease outbreaks can persist for months. Clinicians: Be aware of an ongoing serogroup B meningococcal disease outbreak as many OSU students will be travelling or returning home during the winter break.
More than three times as many men than women in the U.S. have oral infections with human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus responsible for causing 31,500 new cancers every year, found a new study. And the HPV strain responsible for the vast majority of HPV-related cancers in the U.S. occurred orally six times more often in men than in women, researchers learned.
The potentially life-saving cancer vaccine has been around for more than a decade, so why isn’t everyone getting it?